Photographic Competition Rules

Bird Club Digital Photographic Competition

Images to be taken only up to the end of December in the current year. Images can only be submitted in digital format (,jpg) on CD, DVD or memory stick. No email submissions will be accepted. A maximum of 24 images may be entered with up to 4 images in any one category. 

The Rules

All photographs must accurately reflect the images as they appeared in the viewfinder, nothing should be added to or removed from an image at a later date. Normal processing of RAW image files and minor adjustments to colour and contrast are acceptable.

MINOR digital adjustments including tone, cropping, sharpening, noise reduction and general minor cleaning up are permitted providing this complies with the competitions principles of authenticity so that it does not deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality of the nature of the image.

While minor digital adjustments are allowed, adding or removing objects or parts of an image is not permitted.

HDR images (compound images) and STACKING will NOT be allowed.

Information regarding any post processing to any image may be queried during shortlisting or pre-judging.

IMAGES should be entered in a JPEG format no larger than 1.5 Megabytes, they should NOT contain any text or borders.

An image will may also be REJECTED if, in the opinion of the judge, it appears the image has:
  • Been taken in such a way that Wildlife Law or animal welfare requirements may have been breached.
  • Protected species or habitats have been compromised or the image  has been taken in an irresponsible way.
  • The image is of a animal or plant etc in captivity, e.g. at a Butterfly farm, a Wildlife/ safari park/ Kew gardens. All images should be of wild creatures and flora.
If you are licensed to take images or visit areas which might otherwise be unlawful you may be asked to show that license.

In the category BIRDS OR ANIMALS IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT the subject should be no more than 12% of the entire image.

The original image must be available to the Judges if requested.

The categories are as follows:

BRITISH BIRDS                                             Not taken in Northants.
BRITISH BIRDS IN FLIGHT                         Not taken in Northants.
NORTHANTS BIRDS                                    Taken in Northants only.
NORTHANTS BIRDS IN FLIGHT                Taken in Northants only.
FOREIGN BIRDS                                           Taken anywhere except UK.
FOREIGN BIRDS IN FLIGHT                       Taken anywhere except UK.
CAPTIONED PHOTO (not judged, can be any aspect of nature or the Bird Club, manipulation rules do not apply). Up to 3 entries per person.

Each image submitted per category must be a different species (eg not 3 x different Robin pictures for BRITISH BIRDS).

Judges will award 1st, 2nd & 3rd for each category.

PLEASE ensure that all images are properly CROSS REFERENCED and named, giving subject name and location of capture.

Please save EACH category in a SEPARATE  folder on the medium as this will help make collation easier  you can deliver to  Robin Gossage, 154 Acre Lane, Kingsthorpe, Northampton. NN2 8DF. or hand in to Robin or a committee member by the closing date.

The Northants Bird Club reserves the right to publish any entries on its website and or its newsletter.

Closing date for entries - the Bird Club Meeting in January.


  1. Can a British Bird be taken in another country eg a Red-backed Shrike taken in Georgia and entered in the British Birds category?

  2. No. British Birds are for photos taken in the UK excluding Northants. Treat Eire as foreign.